2018 is shaping up to be a happy and glorious year for the British royal family. Following the news that Princess Eugenie is engaged to her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, the palace has another royal wedding to plan for. Eugenie and Jack’s nuptials will take place in the autumn, while Prince Harry will marry his American fiancée Meghan Markle a few months before on Saturday 19 May. Both couples have chosen St George’s Chapel in Windsor for their wedding. The royal family is also set to welcome two new babies. Prince William and Kate’s third child – a brother or sister to Prince George and Princess Charlotte – is due in April. William’s cousin Zara Tindall and her husband Mike are also expecting their second baby, believed to be due in the summer.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding will take place in May
The Queen, 91, is also marking another important milestone this year. On 2 June, she will celebrate the 65th anniversary of her coronation. Her Majesty recently recalled the momentous day in a documentary for the BBC entitled The Coronation, in which she spoke about the “horribly uncomfortable” golden carriage that took her from Westminster Abbey back to Buckingham Palace.
“It’s not meant for travelling in at all. I mean, it’s only sprung on leather. Not very comfortable,” she said, adding: “We must have gone about four to five miles. It can only go at a walking pace. The horses couldn’t possibly go any faster. It’s so heavy.”
The Queen will celebrate the 65th anniversary of her coronation in June
The monarch also spoke about the weight of the crown she wore, telling interviewer Alastair Bruce: “You can’t look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up. Because if you did your neck would break, it would fall off. So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they’re quite important things.”
The royal celebrations will continue well into the end of the year, when, in November, Prince Charles marks his milestone 70th birthday. The future King will celebrate his big day on 14 November, and, in keeping with tradition, the palace will most likely release new portraits of Charles with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, his sons Prince William and Prince Harry, his daughters-in-law and grandchildren.
Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II Full name Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was conceived on 21 April 1926. She has been Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 6 February 1952. Also, she is Head of the Commonwealth and ruler of 12 nations that have turned out to be free since her promotion: Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Elizabeth was conceived in London as the primary offspring of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and she was instructed secretly at home. Her dad consented to the position of royalty on the abandonment of his sibling Edward VIII in 1936, from which time she was the beneficiary hypothetical. She started to embrace open obligations amid the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1947, she wedded Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a previous ruler of Greece and Denmark, with whom she has four kids: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Andrew, Duke of York; and Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Elizabeth’s numerous notable visits and gatherings incorporate a state visit to the Republic of Ireland and visits to or from five popes. She has seen real sacred changes, for example, devolution in the United Kingdom, Canadian parcel, and the decolonization of Africa. She has ruled through different wars and clashes including huge numbers of her domains. Huge occasions have incorporated her royal celebration in 1953 and the festivals of her Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilees in 1977, 2002, and 2012 individually. In 2017, she turned into the primary British ruler to achieve a Sapphire Jubilee. She is the longest-lived and longest-ruling British ruler and in addition the world’s longest-prevailing ruler regnant and female head of express, the most seasoned and longest-ruling ebb and flow ruler and the most established and longest-serving momentum head of state.
Elizabeth has once in a while confronted republican assumptions and press feedback of the illustrious family, specifically after the breakdown of her kids’ relational unions and the Windsor Castle fire in 1992 and the demise in 1997 of her previous girl in-law Diana, Princess of Wales; be that as it may, bolster for the government stays high, as does her own prevalence. Amid 1951, George VI’s wellbeing declined and Elizabeth much of the time remained in for him at open occasions. When she visited Canada and went by President Harry S. Truman in Washington, D.C., in October 1951, her private secretary, Martin Charteris, conveyed a draft promotion statement on the off chance that the King passed on while she was on visit. In mid 1952, Elizabeth and Philip set out for a voyage through Australia and New Zealand by method for Kenya. On 6 February 1952, they had recently come back to their Kenyan home, Sagana Lodge, following a night spent at Treetops Hotel, when word touched base of the demise of the King and thus Elizabeth’s prompt promotion to the position of authority. Philip broke the news to the new Queen. Martin Charteris requesting that her pick a regnal name; she remained Elizabeth, “obviously”. She was announced ruler all through her domains and the illustrious party hurriedly came back to the United Kingdom. She and the Duke of Edinburgh moved into Buckingham Palace.
With Elizabeth’s promotion, it appeared to be plausible that the illustrious house would bear her significant other’s name, turning into the House of Mountbatten, in accordance with the custom of a spouse taking her better half’s surname on marriage. The British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and Elizabeth’s grandma, Queen Mary, supported the maintenance of the House of Windsor, et cetera 9 April 1952 Elizabeth issued a presentation that Windsor would keep on being the name of the imperial house. The Duke grumbled, “I am the main man in the nation not permitted to give his name to his own kids.” In 1960, after the demise of Queen Mary in 1953 and the acquiescence of Churchill in 1955, the surname Mountbatten-Windsor was embraced for Philip and Elizabeth’s male-line relatives who don’t convey illustrious titles.
In the midst of arrangements for the royal celebration, Princess Margaret educated her sister that she wished to wed Peter Townsend, a divorcé‚ 16 years Margaret’s senior, with two children from his past marriage. The Queen approached them to sit tight for a year; in the expressions of Martin Charteris, “the Queen was normally thoughtful towards the Princess, yet I think she thought – she trusted – given time, the undertaking would diminish.” Senior lawmakers were against the match and the Church of England did not allow remarriage after separation. On the off chance that Margaret had gotten a common marriage, she would have been relied upon to repudiate her privilege of progression. In the long run, she chose to relinquish her designs with Townsend. In 1960, she wedded Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was made Earl of Snowdon the next year. They separated in 1978; she didn’t remarry.